NASA planetary research scientist searching for evidence of life on Mars
Mary Beth Wilhelm is an early-career Planetary Scientist NASA Ames Research Center. She researches the preservation of fossil biomarkers in Mars analog environments such as the Atacama Desert in Chile and Antarctica. She has also investigated geologic features on modern Mars potentially formed by water and is a member of the Curiosity Rover science team. Ms. Wilhelm began working at NASA Ames when she was 16 years old. In 2012, she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and is now in the final year of her Planetary Science PhD program at Georgia Tech.
Ms. Wilhelm will participate in NASA’s panel about the research for inhabiting Mars, including tracing evidence of liquid water on Mars, identifying mineral energy sources, detecting atomic oxygen in the Martian atmosphere and more.